San Francisco puts cell phone radiation law on hold

Measure would have required retailers to post devices' radiation emission levels

San Francisco is indefinitely delaying a measure approved last year that would have required retailers selling cellular phones to post the radiation levels the devices emit, reports Ars Technica's Matthew Lasar.

The city is not giving a reason for putting the measure on indefinite hold, but Lasar writes that it could have something to do with the variability of measurement for the phones' specific absorption rates.

The measure could return in a modified form, perhaps as a requirement for stores to post information on how to minimize exposure to radiation from cell phones, once the city Board of Supervisors finishes revising it.

The question of whether radiation levels from cell phones is harmful has cropped up from time to time. GCN addressed the issue last year and drew a spirited response from readers.

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